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    17 Movies Whose Characters Would Still Be Alive If Other Characters Used Their Brains For, Like, A Minute

    On today's episode of "Why Are You Like This?!"

    A few weeks back, we took a look at a viral Reddit thread that asked readers to name some movies that would've been A LOT shorter if the characters just used...like...one brain cell.

    Dreamworks Pictures

    Well, this week, Redditor sugar-soad really upped the ante by asking, "Which fictional character would still be alive if other characters had used a bit of common sense?" And y'all...people did NOT hold back.

    Marvel Studios

    So, here are just a few movies that would've had more characters at the end had some of the other characters thought for longer than one second:

    1. Jaws (1975)

    Universal Pictures

    "It's all because of that mayor who thought it would be a good idea to keep the beaches open despite grave warnings from a shark scientist and the police chief!"

    Weebla

    2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Miramax Films

    "Marvin! Poor guy..."

    maggot-mosh-pit

    3. Skyfall (2012)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "Like...don't keep the cyberterrorist in a cell completely controlled by computers for some reason, and then plug his computer into that system and allow it to run executables."

    karizake

    4. Prometheus (2012)

    20th Century Fox

    "The entire crew would've lived had the two fucking idiots who were stranded underground during a storm decided it WASN'T a good idea to fuck with a completely unknown alien species!"

    _Bob_A_Feet_

    5. The Evil Dead (1981)

    New Line Cinema

    "Everyone in any version of this movie would've made it if they'd just stop reading ominous Latin from a creepy book."

    coka_commie

    6. King Kong (1933)

    Radio Pictures

    "In retrospect, maybe New York City wasn’t the smartest place to bring a gigantic gorilla?!"

    VictorBlimpmuscle

    7. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

    Paramount Pictures

    "All of Jason Voorhees' victims from this movie onward would still be alive if Tommy Jarvis didn't angrily stab Jason's corpse with the gate spike that conducted the lightning which resurrected him. You should've just tempered yourself and only burned him, Tommy!"

    whatzgood

    8. Jurassic World (2015)

    Universal Pictures

    "All of the deaths in this movie stem from one scene when no one was using common sense. Instead, it should've gone like this:

    'We can’t get a visual on the creature, it must have escaped its enclosure!'

    'I’ll go in to investigate.'

    'Wait, before you enter a death trap with a genetically modified killing machine/abomination, why don’t we turn on the tracking device to see where it is?!'

    'Oh yeah...it would have been pretty stupid to have rushed in when you were literally about to activate its chip.'

    *Checks chip.*

    'Huh, it’s still in there.'

    'Oh, now I see it — looks like it can camouflage. Good thing we didn’t release it to go on a killing spree in the park!'”

    nonprofit-prophet

    9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    New Line Cinema

    "Pretty much everyone who died in this installment — and throughout the trilogy — would've lived had Elrond just shoved Isildur into the lava."

    Bravo_November

    10. John Wick (2014)

    Lionsgate

    "SO MANY PEOPLE would still be alive in this movie's universe if either A) Iosef Tarasov didn’t kill John's puppy to begin with, or B) His father, Viggo Tarasov, had just turned him over. John was a fucking legend, they knew what was going to happen."

    ___TheIllusiveMan___

    11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

    Marvel Studios

    "They explore how a lot of innocent people died unnecessarily in this movie during Captain America: Civil War — but also Quicksilver, specifically. He'd been shown to be faster than bullets...then gets shot. WTF?"

    kingchappa1

    12. Batman Begins (2005)

    Warner Bros.

    "I'm surprised no one has said this yet, but...Bruce Wayne’s parents would've probably lived if they didn’t take the shortcut through an alley literally known as 'Crime Alley.'"

    Xanadu2020

    13. Titanic (1997)

    Paramount Pictures

    "And no, I’m not talking about the door scene. I’m talking about the part where Rose jumps back on the ship, just to be with Jack as the ship is sinking. If she didn’t do that — knowing what we know about Jack from the beginning — he probably would’ve been able to find a way off the boat without having to worry about Rose’s safety on top of his own."

    sophzv

    14. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

    Paramount Pictures

    "Not just THEM, but everyone around them. If the families had just let them make out a bit, then actually have a conversation with each other, it would have sorted itself out."

    Justbecauseitcameup

    15. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    LucasFilm Ltd.

    "Padmé would've made it if Anakin had just approached Obi-Wan or Yoda about everything. Then they could have talked it out, Anakin would have never left the order, and Mace Windu would have been able to cut Palpatine down. But nooo, Anakin couldn't get over himself enough to do that and instead jumped straight to child murder!"

    kinokohatake

    16. Knives Out (2019)

    Lionsgate

    "Okay, so, this is one of my favorite movies...BUT, if Marta and Harlan had just waited a couple more minutes to see if Harlan was ACTUALLY dying from the 'morphine overdose,' he would still be alive because he would've realized what was happening. Instead, he had to be all dramatic..."

    Internal-Impossible

    17. And finally — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    Warner Bros.

    "A ton of characters in this universe would've lived if the Ministry of Magic believed that Voldemort had returned instead of ignoring the obvious truth."

    bonlow87

    Now it's your turn! Can you top these? Which movies would've had more characters alive at the end if the main characters just took, like, one second to think? Share yours in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T Reddit.

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